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The Sibelius Edition Vol.8 - Orchestral Works

Composer Jean Sibelius
Performer Dong-Suk Kang
Gothenburg Symphony
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Impressionism
Catalogue Number BIS-1921 CD
EAN 7318591921233
Format CD  –  6 discs
Release date Apr 2009
Total time 420'29

6 CDs for the price of 3

Sibelius himself is reported to have said: ‘I am a man of the orchestra. You must judge me from my orchestral works.’ After the complete solo songs (Volume 7) and the works for violin and piano (Volume 6), the present instalment of the SIBELIUS EDITION returns us to the field in which the Finnish master has earned the greatest acclaim: that of orchestral music. As is demonstrated here, this ranges far beyond the famous symphonies and tone poems, however: apart from the perennially popular Violin Concerto, Sibelius wrote a number of suites, concert pieces, marches and scores for tableaux. Stylistically these works extend from the lightest of salon miniatures to heartfelt utterances of great profundity; their subjects range from the dance hall to the battlefield. From some of Sibelius’s best-known works (the Violin Concerto in Leonidas Kavakos’ award-winning recording; the Karelia Suite newly recorded by Osmo Vänskä) to rarities such as an early version of Rakastava never previously on disc, Volume 8 contributes seven hours worth of pieces to the fascinating puzzle that we know by the name of Jean Sibelius. Besides Kavakos, soloists include the violinists Dong-Suk Kang and Jaakko Kuusisto, Marko Ylönen (cello) and the baritone Raimo Laukka. The lion’s share of the programme is performed by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, with memorable appearances by Neeme Järvi conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
 
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Disc 1
01 Overture in E major, JS145 (1891) 11'17
02 Scène de ballet, JS163 (1891) 8'36
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Karelia, JS115 (1893) 49'31
03 Overture 8'12
04 Tableau 1 3'43
05 Tableau 2 3'38
06 Tableau 3: *Allegro 1'26
07 Tableau 3: Intermezzo [I] 3'47
08 Tableau 4 9'09
09 Tableau 5: *Moderato, ma non lento 3'14
10 Tableau 5: Intermezzo [II]: Marsch nach einem alten Motiv 4'08
11 Tableau 6 3'16
12 Tableaux 7/8: Andante ma non troppo lento – Allegro molto 6'34
13 Tableaux 7/8: *Vivace molto – Più presto – Maestoso e largo 2'24
 
 
Disc 2
01 Karelia Overture, Op.10 (1893) 7'46
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Karelia Suite, Op.11 (1893) 13'39
02 I. Intermezzo 3'27
03 II. Ballade 6'10
04 III. Alla marcia 4'02
 
05 Impromptu for string orchestra (1893, arr. 1894) 7'32
06 Presto for string orchestra (1889–90, arr. 1894) 6'45
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Press Celebrations Music, JS137 (1899) 41'19
07 1. Preludio 3'48
08 2. Tableau 1 3'41
09 3. Tableau 2 8'09
10 4. Tableau 3 6'08
11 5. Tableau 4 5'00
12 6. Tableau 5 6'06
13 Music played during the tableau 0'30
14 7. Tableau 6 7'57
 
 
Disc 3
01 Menuetto, JS127 (1894) 5'07
02 Coronation March (1896) 2'10
03 Porilaisten marssi, JS152 (arr.1900) 2'14
04 Overture in A minor, JS144 (1902) 9'13
05 Romance in C major for string orchestra, Op.42 (1904) 4'45
06 Cortège, JS54 (1905) 5'41
07 Pan and Echo, Op.53 (1906) 4'07
08 Grevinnans konterfej, JS88 (1906) 3'31
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra, Op.47 73'29
09 I. Allegro moderato 16'47
10 II. Adagio di molto 10'02
11 III. Allegro, ma non tanto 7'40
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Rakastava, Op.14 (1894/1911, rev. 1912) 12'06
01 I. The Lover 4'06
02 II. The Path of His Beloved 2'26
03 III. Good Evening!… Farewell! 5'34
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Fragments from a Suite for Orchestra (1914) 7'17
04 II. Tempo moderato 2'42
05 III. Allegro 4'35
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Two Serenades for violin and orchestra 13'07
06 No.1 in D major, Op.69a (1912) 6'16
07 No.2 in G minor, Op.69b (1913) 6'51
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Two Serious Melodies, Op.77 17'00
08 No.1. Cantique (Laetare anima mea) (1914) 5'08
09 No.2. Devotion (Ab imo pectore) (1915) 3'20
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra 19'54
10 No.1 in D minor, Op.87 No.1 (1917, rev. 1940) 3'25
11 No.2 in D major, Op.87 No.2 (1917) 2'15
12 No.3 in G minor, Op.89a (1917) 4'08
13 No.4 in G minor, Op.89b (1917) 4'00
14 No.5 in E flat major, Op.89c (1917) 3'05
15 No.6 in G minor, Op.89d (1918) 3'01
 
16 Promootiomarssi, JS155 (1919) 5'59
17 Jääkärien marssi, Op.91a (1917, arr. 1918) 1'35
 
Disc 5
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op.96 13'34
01 a. Valse lyrique (1919, orch. 1920) 4'06
02 b. Autrefois (1919, rev. 1920) 5'28
03 c. Valse chevaleresque (1921–22) 4'00
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Suite mignonne, Op.98a (1921) 5'41
04 I. Petite scène 1'59
05 II. Polka 1'51
06 III. Épilogue 1'51
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Suite champêtre, Op.98b (1922) 7'24
07 I. Pièce caractéristique 2'08
08 II. Mélodie élégiaque 3'29
09 III. Danse 1'47
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Suite caractéristique, Op.100 (1922) 4'49
10 I. Vivo 1'24
11 II. Lento 1'46
12 III. Comodo 1'39
 
13 Morceau romantique, JS135a (1925) 1'58
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Suite for violin and string orchestra, JS185 (1929) 6'40
14 I. Country Scenery 1'59
15 II. Serenade. Evening in Spring 2'51
16 III. In the Summer 1'50
 
17 Andante festivo, JS34b (1922, orch. 1938) 5'10
18 Processional, Op.113 No.6 (1927, orch. 1938) 3'41
 
Disc 6
 
  Jean Sibelius
  from Karelia, JS115 (1893) 8'25
01 Moderato – Allegro molto 6'08
02 Vivace molto – Più presto – Maestoso e largo 2'17
 
03 Impromptu for string orchestra (1893 • preliminary version) 3'02
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra, Op.47 73'29
04 I. Allegro moderato 19'28
05 II. Adagio di molto 9'58
06 III. Allegro, ma non tanto 9'34
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Rakastava, Op.14 (1894/1911 • Paris version) 10'55
07 I. The Lover 4'02
08 II. The Beloved 2'09
09 III. Good Evening… Good Night! 4'44
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Two Serious Melodies, Op.77 17'00
10 No.1. Cantique (Laetare anima mea) (1914) 5'09
11 No.2. Devotion (Ab imo pectore) (1915) 3'23
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  from Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra
12 No.1 in D minor, Op.87 No.1 (1917 • original version) 3'07
 
  Album total 420'29
ComposerSibelius, Jean
ConductorJarvi (Järvi), Neeme
Kuusisto, Jaakko
Vanska (Vänskä), Osmo
Vänskä, Osmo
OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
BaritoneLaukka, Raimo
ViolinKang, Dong-Suk
Kavakos, Leonidas

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